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Park Closure Discussion in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The state Parks and Recreation Commission meets thursday in Olympia to listen to the public comment on plans to close or transfer 13 state parks to save money.

The department recently visited Montesano;
 Potential State Park Closures Discussed In Montesano

Car Seat Check in Raymond

A Car Seat Check will be held by the  Pacific County Safety Task Force at the New Life Fellowship parking  lot, 404 Commercial St, Raymond, on March 10th from 11am-1pm.

Car Seat  Technicans will be there to make sure the seat is installed properly  and answer any questions you may have.

For more information on car seat laws, visit the Washington State Patrol


MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - More than 120 Airmen from McChord's 8th Airlift Squadron will be greeted by family and friends here early Thursday morning after a 120-day deployment in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. The 8th AS Airmen were deployed as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan.

County Commissioners to Go Live Soon

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners on Monday approved the purchase of an audio and video recording system for the Commissioner meeting room, County Commissioners' Administrative Assistant Donna Caton is quoted in the attached audio.

A subscription fee will cost the county $340 per month, plus a $5,571 camera installation fee, which includes software, and support, as well as the webspace and storage fees associated. The letter seeking authorization also states that funds are available through the Facilities Improvement Fund.


...Tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain will accompany Washington State’s official ship on celebratory trip

Aberdeen, Wash. – The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, has announced the schedule for its 2009 “Rediscovering the Columbia River” voyage, the first half of the year-long 20th anniversary celebration of its launch in Aberdeen on March 7, 2009. Lady Washington and its companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain arrive at Ilwaco on April 23 and continue upriver, reaching Pasco on May 22. Departing Pasco May 31, the ships return to Ilwaco on June 24.

Scheduled Columbia River stops going upriver include: Ilwaco, Astoria, Cathlamet, Kalama, Vancouver, Washougal, Stevenson, Hood River, The Dalles, Arlington, Umatilla, and Pasco. Heading downriver from Pasco, scheduled stops include: Umatilla, Arlington, The Dalles, Hood River, Stevenson, Washougal, St. Helens, Rainier, Astoria, and Ilwaco. The following table lists days of public access to the ships.

Pacific County AHAB Siren System Tested, Failed at 3 Sites

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system was tested today. Activation did not occur at three of the 11 sites located in Pacific County. Sites are and continue to be "quiet-tested" daily. Indications prior to today’s audible test indicated all sites were functioning appropriately. The cause of the local malfunction is being investigated.

Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors.

SR-520 Project Will Not Happen at The Port of Grays Harbor

Citing Environmental concerns over surrounding wetlands the Washington State DOT has dropped the Port of Grays Harbor Property from the list of three potential sites being considered for the State Route 520 Pontoon Construction Project.

Sue Ann Pelley (Pell-E) tells KBKW news - that the remaining two sites had the least environmental impact.

The department will issue a press release next week, launching a new comment period for the remaining two sites. Pelley said they will be able to announce a preffered site this spring, but the procedure is to study both sites until the draft environmental impact statement is issued at the end of this year. Only then will a definitive site location be announced.

Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.

Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.

Harvey had been forced off the air for several months in 2001 because of a virus that weakened a vocal cord. But he returned to work in Chicago and was still active as he passed his 90th birthday. His death comes less than a year after that of his wife and longtime producer, Lynne.

"My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news," Paul Harvey Jr. said in a statement. "So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend."

Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of "The Rest of the Story," Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks.

He became a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor. "Stand by for news!" he told his listeners. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as "skyjacker," "Reaganomics" and "guesstimate."

"Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation's history," ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson said in a statement. "We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him."

Montesano School District to Hold Budget Forums

The Montesano School District will be holding two community budget forums on  March 12th at 4:00 p.m. and March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Montesano Jr/Sr High School Commons. If you are interested in understanding the district's financial condition, please plan on attending. The School Board is interested in gathering ideas for consideration.